Friday, November 4

Our friends at Nafasi are at it again!

Saturday, 5th November 2011 @ 18.30

The Opening of the East Africa Art Biennale 
at Nafasi Art Space

Karibuni Sana

Sunday, October 30

Letters from Sahara showing this Wednesday @ Nafasi Artspace

As always, Nafasi Artspace are bringing us a phenomenal film, this time an Italian/Senegalese coproduction called Letters from Sahara.

Friday, October 21

"Little Gem" Tickets on Sale Now!

Tickets on sale at all “A Novel Idea" bookshops,
only 15,000/- each

Sometimes it’s laugh out loud funny, sometimes it moves you to tears: Little Gem is the story of three women, their lives, their loves, their losses.

Reviews.“Elaine Murphy's delightful first play more than lives up to its title. Its quiet ordinariness is part of its appeal. Telling the story of three generations of women from a single Dublin family, seen over the course of a year, it takes the form of entwined monologues that teasingly build a complex and touching portrait of these women's unremarkable but fully lived lives.” Lyn Gardener, The Guardian “Lovely, life-affirming work…one of those rare plays that leave you feeling better about life when you leave the theatre than you did when you entered.” Charles Spencer, The Telegraph

A summary of the play from the reviews:
Lively teenager Amber, recently out of school and working in a call centre, is besotted with her new boyfriend Paul and fond of a night on the sambuca in Dublin’s Temple Bar. Her mother, Lorraine, is a shop assistant, long abandoned by her feckless, thieving junkie of a husband. She is suffering from depression and mild OCD and is counselled by her “head doctor” to do one “nice thing for herself each week” so she takes up salsa dancing and meets a chap. The third character is Amber’s granny and Lorraine’s mother, Kay, trying to cope with the fact that her beloved husband Gem has recently suffered a stroke. She deeply misses their former sex life.

Thursday, October 20

C.P.U. Launch coming up in for TZ film fanatics

C.P.U. The film. 

Sauda Simba, who plays the lead character, Maria Isabella in C.P.U., says "I'm really excited to be part of a project that is dedicated to a high quality -- It is definitely a production that will raise the bar in the industry across Africa and beyond."

From the Youtube description, in Kiswahili: 

Imetayarishwa na Haakneel Production wakishirikiana Wegos Works, ikiogozwa na Karabani, kuandikwa na Novatus Mugurusi.
C.P.U. Ni aina ya filamu ya kipelelezi yaani "Investigative story" ikiwa inazungumzia kitengo kilichoundwa kwa ajili ya kufuatilia na kutatua matatizo mbali mbali wakati jukumu lao la kwanza ni kufuatilia juu ya mtoto mchanga aliyeokotwa pasipo kufahamika ni wa nani. Hivyo Maria Isabela (Sauda Simba) anateuliwa na serikali kuongoza timu hiyo, katika hilo inabidi awashawishi watakao msaidia ambao ni Alex Kibera (Nkwabi Juma) jambazi suguanayetumikia kifungo cha miaka 30 jela, David Kifati (Steven Sandhu) mtaalamu wa kompyuta na kijana mwenye uelewa mkubwa ambaye anatoka katika familia bora na anayependa anasa.
Pia kuna Rehema Mlaki (Subira Wahure) akiigiza kama msichana anyefanya kazi ya uwakili wa kujitegemea. Wanaanza kazi ya kwanza ambayo kiujumla ni yenye misukosuko na inayohitaji umakini wa hali ya juu kwa kuwa ni ya hatari sana hasa wanapokabiliana na mtu kama Jibaba (Mobby Mpambala) mmiliki wa danguro kubwa hapa jijini na mzoefu wa biashara haramu.

The launch event, which promises to be remarkable, will be in late November. 

Are you going to be there? 

Monday, October 3

Supporting Tanzanian and African Musicians, gig by gig, CD by CD...

The live scene is picking up in Dar.. Maisha Music, Caracas and MLab have all recently had excellent live gigs featuring local and visiting musicians, shaking it up with something new.. We are ncouraging all to come out and support live music wherever you can find it! 

Supporting local musicians at live gigs is one of our ways of giving back.. 

Another way is to buy their original CDs.  

Check our Blog from time to time for current info on the Cultural level.  Also check out the blog of our partner Mandugu Digital  for some of their latest audio and video releases... 

Thanks for your support and LET'S DO THIS!

Below is a selection of local CDs available at  A Novel Idea Bookshops in Dar, Arusha, Zanzibar and Iringa. 

* currently Tuimbe Pamoja is out of stock and on reorder.  We are adding new Children's CDs to our  selection soon. 

Thursday, September 29

Many thanks to all who supported us in the promotion of Antigone...

Antigone's Dar performances at NSSF Waterfront and Russian Cultural Centre were extremely successful, thanks go to Choice FM - Babbie and Chris you made a difference! Michuzi; Ruge Mutahaba; Dar Life, Asif; Advertising Dar; Zoom Tanzania; Eventstz;; our media supporters: The Daily News - Iman Mani, Japhet Kazenga; The Citizen - Paul Owere, Esther Kibakaya, Salhim Shao; Habari Leo - Evance; Tanzania Daima - Ally Makuburi; DTV - Staford Kihore: Filamu Central - Nyovela Mfwaisa; RFI; TBC1, ITV (Sanaa na Wasanii) Neema.

Schools who supported the attendance of between 30 and 65 students are East Africa International Schools, Dar Independent School, Genesis, and the International School of Tanganyika.

Official support came from the Embassy of Sweden, The Russian-Tanzanian Cultural Centre, the Goethe Institut, Trinity Promotions Ltd, Baba Watoto Centres and Speedy Print.  There are surely more we have not been able to mention, thanks... we value your support.

And of course all who came out in support of theatre in Tanzania, make loud your call for more!

The shows has travelled up to Sweden where it will continue for another 24 sold out performances..

Friday, September 16

ANTIGONE RTCC show Sold Out!

Parapanda Theatre Lab and Gothenburg City Theatre present ANTIGONE...

Tickets for the Opening Night VIP performance are in high demand so please book yours soon.

This theatre event is a MUST SEE...

Waterfront VIP Performance Tickets Available 
- 21 September 
18:30 doors open, 
19:00 start - 
only 30,000/- including reception. 

Russian-Tanzanian Cultural Centre Public Performance,  22 Sept, SOLD OUT!!

Tickets available at all A Novel Idea Shops in Dar es Salaam and the Gaming Shop in Shoppers plaza near supermarket entrance and at Black Tomato at Makutano House, Masaki.

This production is supported by the Embassy of Sweden and the Russian-Tanzanian Cultural Centre

Let's support Theatre!

Monday, September 12

Sauda and others Perform at Barclays Fundraiser for Maternal and Infant Health in Tanzania

Barklays held their annual fundraiser this past Saturday at Leader's Club with about 1000 walkers showing up at 6am to raise money and awareness for Maternal and Infant Health in Tanzania.  On the entertainment bill for the sunset concert were the KCC dancers, Sauda and band, Yvonne and Mzungu Kichaa...  An excellent time was had. 


HUSA's New Children's Home Opens in Kimamba, Tanzania

Through the efforts of a whole lot of people, coordinated by Sarah Pollock, HUSA (Human Sympathy Association, Kimamba (Tanzania) have moved into their new home.

Waiting for the Launch to begin... 
Sitting in the background, Sarah watched the procedures.. 
During Sarah's moving thank-you speech. 

Sauda and I handing over some craft materials to one of the HUSA
kids during the Launch Ceremony. 

Just some of the fun the kids were having...

There were a good number of pledges and donations made on the day by Community members and visitors alike.  From sacks of beans and rice, cooking oil and even free haircuts! Among the contributions were vouches of support for secondary education for several of the  kids, and we were happy to pledge 100,000/- on behalf of Trinity Promotions, and our partner, Mandugu Digital pledged a keyboard.

Please visit the HUSA Google Site for the whole story of the updates.  
Great job, Sarah, and everyone... Much Respect! 

Friday, September 2

Antigone Tickets on Sale from 9th September

Parapanda Theatre Lab and Gothenburg City Theatre present ANTIGONE...

Tickets for the Opening Night VIP performance are in high demand so please book yours soon.

This is THE  theatre event of the YEAR... 

Call the numbers on the poster below to book your seats, VIP Performance only 30,000/- including reception, and Public Performance only 10,000/-.

See you when the lights go up!

Monday, August 22

Tanzanian Artists Scoop Four Awards at EMAs...

Way to go!  Hongereni!!

Tanzania scoops four awards at the East Africa Music Awards held in Nairobi yesterday evening  at Bomas of Kenya.

1. Best Collabo - A.Y. ft MwanaFA Habari Ndio Hiyo 
2. Best Gospel, Female - Christina Shusho
3. Best Rhumba Group - Msondo Ngoma 
4. Best Female Folk/Traditional - Tina Mdulule

A.Y. (centre)  receiving his award at the EMAs. 
Christina Shusho, with her award for Best Gospel Female 

Msondo Ngoma, picking up their award for Best Rhumba Group. 

Our sincere congratulations go out to all the Winners of the East Africa Music Awards that took place this past saturday.

Saturday, August 20

EMAs are underway in Nairobi!

The East Africa Music Awards are underway as we speak, at Bomas in Nairobi.

TZ's Sauda Simba, who was a judge of the Tusker project Fame for the last round of competition in Tanzania, is also a musician and entrepreneur.   Visit the TPL blog for background on Sauda and her business.

Sauda far right beside Burundi Judge Budi Nibigirwe (left) and Rwanda Judge Jean Pierre Runyurana (centre).

The site for the awards seems to need an update, but you can find a bit of background.

Tuesday, August 16

The East Africa Music Awards (EMAs) taking place in Nairobi this week!

East Africa Music Awards (EMAs) Launched this week!

Our very own Sauda Simba of Trinity Promotions Ltd., a well known artist working with producer Ambrose Akula Akwabi of Mandugu Digital, is landing in Nairobi tomorrow
 to represent Tanzania on the judges panel.

View the promo Here:

The EMAs will be a four hour event, televised live on August 20th, 2011 in a minimum of six television stations and repeated several times in all eight countries.
To promote fairness, all countries are represented in the judging panel and, most judges are experts in the industry.   To learn more about the awards, or to purchase tickets, follow the East African Music Awards on their Facebook page, or on Twitter.
All the best to all Nominees!
The full list of nominees is as follows:
Best Male

1. Dr. Claude – “Baramu Gyanye” – RWANDA
2. Nhaitty Man – “Nefs” – ETHIOPIA
3. Jaguar – “Kigeugeu” – KENYA
4. Bebe Cool – “Minzani” – UGANDA
Best Female

1. Liza Kamikazi – “More than a Dream” – RWANDA
2. Lady Jaydee – “Teza” – TANZANIA
3. Juliana – “Alive Again” – UGANDA
4. Wahu – “Sweet Love” – KENYA
Best Group

1. P-Unit – “Kare” – KENYA
2. Just Family – “Bareke” – RWANDA
3. Radio & Weasel – “Nakudata” – UGANDA
Best Collabo

1. AY ft. Mwana F.A. “Habari Ndio hiyo” – TANZANIA
2. Marya Ft. Avril – “Chokoza” – KENYA
3. Kidum ft. Juliana – “Haturudi Nyuma” – BURUNDI & UGANDA
4. Wyre Ft, Cecile – “She said dat” – KENYA
Best male

1. Cedric Bangy – “Segneur” – BURUNDI
2. Dominique Ashimwe – “Nditabye” – RWANDA
3. Dawit Getachew – “Etebikihalehu” – ETHIOPIA
4. Wiseye Willie – “Buye Gigitare” – BURUNDI
Best Gospel Female

1. Christina Shusho – “Unikumbuke” – TANZANIA
2. Gaby – “Amahoro” – RWANDA
3. Alice Kamande – “Upendo Ule ule” – KENYA
4. Upendo Nkone – “Haleluyah Usifiwe” – TANZANIA
Best Gospel Group

1. Nef Thalem Assegid – ” Nebse” – ETHIOPIA
2. Mwanza Gospel Choir -Nivema” – TANZANIA
3. B.M.F – “I live for you” – KENYA
Best Gospel Collabo

1. Emmy Kosgei ft. Lynn. “Omegeu Rerein” – KENYA
2. Mbuvi Ft. Kambua – “Kivevelo” – KENYA
Best Male

1. Winyo – “Odongo” – KENYA
2. Kidum – “Mapenzi” – BURUNDI
3. Mutinda ” Simama” – KENYA
4. Muhire Francis – “Nawe Ndangiye” – BURUNDI
5. Maurice Kirya – “Boda Boda” – UGANDA
Best Afro Fusion Female

1. Liza Kamikaze – “kigali” – RWANDA
2. Emarauce Niwizera – Yambogorera” – BURUNDI
3. Achieng Abura – “Omusala” – KENYA
4. Chumba – “Ame Milamila Met” – KENYA
Best Afro Fusion Group

1. The Brothers – “Sawa Sawa” – RWANDA
2. Gargar – “Aids Wadila” – KENYA
3. Sauti Sol “Somasoma” – KENYA
Best Male

1. Fally Ipupa – Sexy Dance – DRC
2. Chritian Bela “Yako wapi mapenzi – TANZANIA.
3. Ken Wa Maria – “Kavaluku” – KENYA
4. Papa Wemba – Six Million” – DRC
Best Rhumba Female

1. Masha Mapenzi – “Kala Urere” – KENYA
2. Tshala Mwana – “Maloz” – DRC
3. Vumilia Abraham – “Tatizo” – TANZANIA.
Best Rhumba Group

1. Just Family – “Mama” – RWANDA
2. Msondo Ngoma – “Kalunde” – Tanzania
3. J.B. Mpiana w/ Wenge Maison Were – “Mpunda” DRC
4. Werason w/ Wenge B.C.B.G – “Mitterand Champagne” – DRC
Best Male

1. Alfred & Bernard – “Igukumi Karotirinda” – BURUNDI
2. Eyob Mackonen – “Ye Mi Dirshie” – ETHIOPIA
3. Ethio-colour – Shemonmuama – ETHIOPIA
4. Diwani Nzaro – “Ukaa” – KENYA
Best Female

1. Beatrice Mathew – “Mapenzi ya Kweli” – TANZANIA
2. Nirere Shanel – “Ameteka” – RWANDA
3. Lady Jaydee – “Mtarimbo” – TANZANIA
4. Tina Mdulule (Big Mama) – “Tupapule” – TANZANIA
Most Promising Male Artist

1. Mabeste from – TANZANIA
2. Solomon Mukubwa from – DRC
3. Mr. Lengs from – SOUTH SUDAN
Most Promising Female Artist

1. Nirere Shanel from RWANDA
2. Keko from UGANDA
3. Friday John from South Sudan

1. Lam – “Stay in Love” – SOUTH SUDAN
2. Amani – “Without You” – KENYA
3. Nonini – “Kataa Hiyo” – KENYA
4. Immanuel Jal – “We Want Peace” – S. SUDAN
5. M.O.G ft. Juliani “My Call” – KENYA

To learn a bit more about what's going on re: the EAMs, check out this video!

We'll keep you posted on the goings on in Nairobi..

Saturday, August 13

Jerusalema showing at Nafasi Artspace 24/08

Another Great movie at Nafasi!!

Gangster's Paradise - Jerusalema is showing 
on 24 August at 18:30 
@ Nafasi Artspace, Mikocheni Light Industrial..

South African Music to follow, and SA Bites are on offer at the cash bar!

Save the Date!

Wednesday, August 10

African Poets Needed for Southbank Centre's Poetry Parnassus

Trinity Promotions would like to share the following information with Tanzanian Poets who have an amazing opportunity to be part of the Olympic Celebrations in the UK next year... Let's represent TZ well and proper!


Nominations have now closed for Southbank Centre’s Poetry Parnassusset to be the largest poetry festival ever staged in the UK, but although over 1,500 nominations have been received, more African poets are still needed.

There have been no nominations for poets from: Algeria, Benin, Botswana, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Central African Republic, Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea, Gabon, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Kenya, Lesotho, Libya, Madagascar, Mali, Mauritania, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, Niger, Rwanda, Sao Tome and Principe, Seychelles, Swaziland, Tanzania, Togo, Tunisia or Zambia.

There have only been a few nominations for poets from: Angola, Cameroon, Cape Verdi, Chad, Comoros, Congo, Democratic Republic of Congo, Egypt, Ethiopia, Gambia, Ghana, Ivory Coast (Cote-d’Ivoire), Senegal, Sierra Leone, Somalia, Sudan, Uganda and Zimbabwe.

About Poetry Parnassus
205 poets, one from each competing Olympic nation, will come to Southbank Centre for the week-long celebratory gathering from 26 June – 2 July 2012 as part of the finale of the Cultural Olympiad; the London 2012 Festival. This hugely ambitious Southbank Centre project, led by Artistic Director Jude Kelly and Artist in Residence Simon Armitage, will include readings, workshops and a final gala event with all the poets. Every poet will also contribute a poem in their own language to be published in The World Record, a book which will champion translation and be housed in the Southbank Centre’s Saison Poetry Library.

Jude Kelly, Southbank Centre Artistic Director said:
Poetry Parnassus will be a landmark event in the Cultural Olympiad – a week-long gathering of poets, for poetry’s sake, to celebrate language, diversity and a sense of global togetherness. By bringing poets to London from Samoa to Senegal, Tonga to Azerbaijan we go back to the roots of Poetry International, the festival that Ted Hughes and Patrick Garland launched at the Royal Festival Hall in 1967, to address notions of free speech, community and peace through poetry.’

Simon Armitage, Southbank Centre Artist in Residence said:
“Southbank Centre’s Poetry Parnassus draws inspiration from Mount Parnassus in Greece – one of poetry’s spiritual and mythical heartlands, the home of the lyricist Orpheus and the dwelling place of the poetic Muses. My hunch is that this will be the biggest poetry event ever - a truly global coming together of poets and a monumental poetic happening worthy of the spirit and history of the Olympics themselves.”

Members of the public can nominate African poets via the weblink below, between now and 14 August 2011. A panel including Simon Armitage will then shortlist and the final selection of poets will be announced in spring 2012.

Poetry Parnassus patrons include: Carol Ann Duffy, Sir Andrew Motion, Melvyn Bragg, Michael Billington, Mark Lawson, Seamus Heaney, Joan Bakewell and Antony Gormley.

Poetry Parnassus partners include: the Arts Council, the British Council, the Poetry Society, the Poetry Book Society, the Poetry School and The Reading Agency.

For further press information, contact Katie Toms on 0207 921 0926 or 

Notes to Editors
Southbank Centre is the UK’s largest arts centre, occupying a 21-acre site that sits in the midst of London’s most vibrant cultural quarter on the South Bank of the Thames. The site has an extraordinary creative and architectural history stretching back to the 1951 Festival of Britain. Southbank Centre is home to the Royal Festival Hall, Queen Elizabeth Hall, Purcell Room and the Hayward Gallery as well as The Saison Poetry Library and the Arts Council Collection. The Royal Festival Hall reopened in June 2007 following the major refurbishment of the Hall and redevelopment of the surrounding area and facilities.

Saturday, July 30



The renowned Greek classic play, Antigone, will soon hit Dar es Salaam stages in an exciting and innovative production. The collaboration will involve actors from both countries and will have the added creative production flavor from both a Swedish producer and a Tanzanian producer.
Antigone’s content is as relevant today as it was in the time of its author Sophocles, over two thousand years ago. The play touches on issues of hierarchy and power, defiance, fear, conviction, loyalty, superstition and regret. It forces the audience to examine the consequences of acts committed in the name of ego or various beliefs. Essentially the play centers on the fate of a young woman Antigone, who is condemned to death by king Creon over her convictions and values. This strong woman is ready to face death in order to honor her slain brother. The King must choose between saving her and risking rebellion if he goes back on his word to have her killed as he had decreed. What audiences in Sweden and Tanzania can look forward to is a Swedish/Tanzanian interpretation from the two producers of an age-old tragedy that needs to be fresh and relevant.
The production is a joint venture between Tanzania’s longstanding theatre company, Parapanda Theatre Lab and Gothenburg City Theater. This partnership goes back to 2004 and since then there have been a number of workshops and exchanges and the two theatrical institutes. The team have now reached a point where they are embarking on a cutting edge production which marries interpretations from both Swedish and Tanzanian.  The seeds of what is expected to be a vibrant production were planted in 2009 with meetings and further discussions held in May this year.
The Parapanda cast and director are scheduled to have their first rehearsal in Gothenburg on the 2nd of August for about one month.
The play will be staged both in Tanzania and Sweden, with a total of 32 performances, four of which will be in Tanzania. The first performance in Dar es Salaam is slated for 21 Sept at Waterfront NSSF, followed by one on 22 Sept at the Russian Culture Centre. A special student production will be staged at Loyola High School on 23 Sept and the final performance will be at the Bagamoyo Art Festival on 25 Sept.
Save the dates in your diaries for a real treat and a must see! Info on ticket sales and updates will be posted on Visit for more info on Parapanda Theatre, and for info on the Gothenburg City Theatre. 

Monday, July 25

Swahili4Kids - Tuimbe Pamoja Available in Dar es Salaam

Trinity Pro-Motions is happy to share with all Dar es Salaam this great CD for young children... 

CDs are available at all A Novel Idea locations, in Dar es Salaam, Steers, Slipway, Oyster bay Shopping Centre,  and Shoppers Plaza - Mikocheni, Stonetown, Zanzibar, as well as in Arusha and Iringa

About Swahili4kids:

Swahili4kids was created out of a heartfelt desire to bring Swahili music for children into the homes of children everywhere. Our music is designed to create a fun, learning environment where children are invited to sing, dance and experience the magic of music.

Living outside of East Africa we came to the experience of how difficult it is to teach our children Swahili, especially without the proper medium such as children songs and audible stories in Swahili. Knowing how interested children are in music and how magical the music experience can be for all of us, we found it natural to create Swahili4kids.

For more information about this great project, visit our site here. 

In addition to "Tuimbe Pamoja" you can find CDs by The Kilimanjaro Band, Maya wa Bongo, Sauda Simba, Kama (of Kalamashaka), and a compilation of tracks called "Mandugu Digital Vol. I" produced by Mandugu Digital Studios' own, Ambrose Akula Akwabi.  Check out Gedanda by ENIKA in our player above, it's on VolI!!

Wednesday, June 8

Sauda Simba in concert, Hugh Masekela Headlining...

Our own Sauda Simba and her fantastic band are sharing the stage with one of the Greatest son's of Africa, Jazz trumpeter Hugh Masekela... 

This one is not to be missed.. 

Please get your tickets early.. the event is on 11th June, at Golden Tulip and will start at 8pm sharp...

See you there!
Opera Concert
By Dr. Eun-Kyung Oh from Korea

Friday 10  June 2011
Russian Tanzanian Cultural Centre

Charity concert brought to you by the Music4one foundation in favour of the Music Mayday Youth Centre in Dar es Salaam.

Tickets: 20,000/-
Students and under 26 year’s Tickets: 5,000/-

Tickets available in advance at Makutano House and at Music Mayday offices.
Sponsored by: Russian Tanzanian Cultural Centre, Coastal Aviation, Ultimate Security, Music Mayday.

Tuesday, April 12

Nafasi Art Space is up to some great stuff! Lots of Action Here!

Nafasi Art Space gallery presents 9 artists:

Thobias Minzi, Phidelice Gervas, Lutengano Mwakisopile, Sarah Markes,
Ulindula Mwakisopile, Gadi Ramadhani, Anna Samsoee, Lars Mikkel Johannessen, Jan Van Esch

The event opens Saturday 16th April 2011  to Friday 22nd April 2011
From 05:30pm till 8:00pm

The event will include music, open studio's and live painting!

Free admission. See attached invitation and map.

We look forward to seeing you there.